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Investment Minister: Sahar Nasr ILO Director Discuss Implementing ‘Better Work Program’
Source: 7/12/2017

Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr discussed with Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO)'s office in Cairo Peter Van Rooij mechanisms of implementing "Better Work" program in Egypt.

The Investment Ministry, in a statement said that Nasr lauded the ILO's approval of implementing the program in 30 firms in the Ready Made Garments (RMG) sector starting from July till December.

Nasr said that Egypt is the eighth country in which the program is implemented.

The other countries are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua and Vietnam.

The project deals with 2 million workers in 1,500 factories and establishes economic ties with nearly 35 major global companies in the US, Europe and Japan, which contributes to increasing job opportunities and luring investments to Egypt, Nasr said.

Nasr added that they also discussed the latest developments related to implementing the program in its pilot phase in Egypt.

They also mulled the launch of a new program to empower youth and carry out short- and long-term plans between the Investment Ministry and the ILO to create a conducive investment climate in Egypt.

The director of the ILO's office in Cairo said that "Better Work" program is a partnership between the UN’s ILO and the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, to improve working conditions in the garment industry and make the sector more competitive.

The program creates lasting, positive change through assessments, training, advocacy and research that changes policies, attitudes, as well as behavior.

It seeks to influence policy makers and decision makers to promote decent work and better business.

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